When it comes to interiors, do you favour white and dove grey walls, neutral furniture, washed oak and touches of gold and bronze? Because I sure do. And judging by Instagram and Pinterest I’m one of the many, not the few.
It’s definitely the fashionable style right now. And it makes a lot of sense if you’re a renter or first time buyer with limited square-footage, because this minimalist look often helps to make rooms appear larger than they actually are. But that’s no reason to neglect colour altogether.
Colour not only brings energy and excitement into the home, but also acts as an instant mood-booster. So if your apartment is currently looking a bit drab, here are 7 quick and affordable ways to add more colour to your home…
Accessorise with bold lamps
Never underestimate the power of a well-chosen accessory! Block colour table lamps will liven up dull corners of your apartment – especially when placed next to books or flowers in contrasting tones. If you have classic or minimalist style, look for bold lamp bases and pair them with neutral lampshades (or vice versa). And, if you’re looking for a bargain, TK Maxx often has a great selection of table lamps. Image via The Glitter Guide.
Paint the back of your front door
If you’re not ready to paint an entire room, but want to bring more colour into your home, make doors a design feature instead. Paint the back of any door to instantly brighten up your space. I personally think this trick works best on front doors, as entryways often lack personality. But it would also be super-cool in a home office. Imagine a white walled office, complete with a West Elm desk, Eames chair and millennial pink door! Image via One Kings Lane.
Update your kitchen cabinets
As well as sprucing up doors with a lick of paint, why not go town on your kitchen cabinets too? You may not have the funds to do an entire kitchen makeover. But by sanding down and repainting old fixtures you can totally transform your space. Especially if you also update the hardware on your cabinets. New handles can be picked up for as little as £1.99, so it’s a great low-spend-high-impact project. Image via Apartment Therapy.
Purchase a statement chair
If your budget won’t stretch to one of Made.com’s statement jewel-toned velvet sofas, you can at least hint to the look with an accent chair. Select a colourful, upholstered chair for the head of your dining table. Or place a vibrant armchair in a neutral living room. It’s a playful way to bring unexpected bursts of colour into your home. Image via Little Green Notebook.
Partially paint a wall
Painting walls in a bold, block colour can seem like a daunting prospect. Especially if you don’t have a lot of square-footage! But one way to work around this is by painting only 1/3 of the way up the walls, and turning it into a design feature. Granted, it’s not a style that will appeal to everyone. But it can look really cool when done right. And it’s also a great way to trick the eye into thinking you have high ceilings… Image via Domino.
Layer colourful artwork
The cheapest and easiest way to bring colour into your home is with artwork. Frame postcards, pages from magazines and prints from museums, then layer together to create a collage-like effect or gallery wall. If you’re searching for affordable artwork try King & McGaw, which has a fantastic selection of abstract and contemporary prints, along with an iconic photography archive. Image via Anthropologie.
Make shelving a design feature
Make a feature of your storage by wallpapering or painting the backdrop to lacklustre shelving. This is a fun way to bring touches of colour to an otherwise minimalist room. And if this geometric rainbow print is a bit OTT for your taste, consider a punchy pastel hue instead. I like the idea of offsetting white shelving with a mint green backdrop. Image via Decor8.
What are your favourite affordable ways to add colour to your home? Leave a comment below to have your say…